Wildcat Weekly

The week after vacation is a Week 1: April 24-28

Multilingual Learner Classroom Curriculum Update

Multilingual Learners in all grade levels have been working to improve their skills in the four language domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Students in kindergarten have been learning to read and write 3 letter words with short vowel sounds. We have been naming the ending sound in a given word and learning to identify rhyming words. We have also been practicing skills such as taking turns and working cooperatively within a small group.

Students in grade 1 are beginning a new unit called “Creature Features”. We are discussing ways that animals protect themselves and special adaptations that help animals survive. Students are learning new vocabulary and improving their conversation skills through class discussions.

Students in grade 2 are working on a unit called “Lend a Hand”. We are discussing ways that we can be helpful to each other and how one person can make a difference by making good decisions. Students are learning new vocabulary and improving their conversation skills through class discussions. We are also writing simple sentences and giving examples to support our thinking.

Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are preparing for MCAS exams by reading fiction and nonfiction passages and answering questions about the reading. We are working on strategies to help answer questions, such as looking back in the text to find evidence.

Mrs. Ellis - eheckerellis@woburnps.com

Health Education Curriculum Updates

Notes from Health Class…

Happy spring! Students in all grades participated in lessons focusing on social emotional wellness over their past few classes. Students in grades K-3 celebrated their similarities and differences by acknowledging how each individual is unique and special. Kindergarteners made self-portraits after reading Todd Parr’s book It’s Okay to Be Different. First graders read Same, Same But Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw and made a beautiful flower garden of all things they like about themselves. Second graders created personal recipes and learned ways to stand up for themselves after they listened to Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun. Third graders enjoyed the picture book We Are All Wonders by R.J. Palacio. They created mini-posters which included their strengths and things they like about themselves.

Using the book The Judgmental Flower by Julia Cook, fourth and fifth graders were given different situations to determine if they were examples of showing judgment or acceptance. All students learned more about mindfulness and participated in a guided beach relaxation. Visualizing calm scenes in our mind, or even our “happy” places, can bring a sense of peace and happiness to ourselves, especially when we feel our mind swirling with thoughts or feeling many emotions at once. Students brainstormed different ways to calm their bodies and minds, especially at night time when our bodies need to rest and relax. All grades also practiced yoga, learning some new ways to help our bodies and minds find peace. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. Namaste 🙂

Mrs. Vasquezi, Health Education Teacher - kvasquezi@woburnps.com

Library Update

Grades K - 2:

The lower grades continue to work with the concept of nonfiction (biographies).

Simone Beals, Eugenie Clark (Shark Lady), and Walt Disney. All grades did a related activity. K and 1 did an activity page and grade 2 used a Jam Board.

Grades 3-5:

3rd grade: Third grade is working on Text Features. One in particular is the

Timeline. The students created a timeline through the google classroom.

Both 4th and 5th grades are working on separate research projects using a Jam Board.

Stay well:) Mrs. McElhinney

There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all

Jacqueline Kenndy Onassis (Former First Lady of the United States)

WPS Backpack Program Returns

WPS partners with the Council for Social Concern to provide backpacks full of food for students and families in need. Fill out the attached form and a backpack will be at the main office for your student to take home on Friday afternoons and return empty on Mondays.

Treble Chorus!

On Saturday, April 1, 2023 the fourth and fifth grader students of Woburn Public School joined over 100 other Massachusetts students to sing in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Northeast District Treble Chorus at North Andover High School.The chorus performed a variety of music including a jazz tune, a traditional Calypso song, and songs in Swahili and German.

According to the Treble Chorus website. “The mission of the All-State Treble Chorus is to provide a quality honor choir experience for selected students in Grades 4 through 6 who participate in their school’s general music and/or choral programs. MMEA engages the very best conductors who are recognized for their expertise with children’s choirs. The conductors select repertoire appropriate for this age level. Repertoire is varied, of a high-quality, pedagogically sound, and engages the young singer to encourage age-appropriate and expressive singing.”

Each school is allowed to send 3-5 students based on the school’s size. Students were selected by Woburn Public Schools elementary music teachers Ms. Bethany Newman, Mrs. Michele Walker DeMartinis, Mrs. Cailtlin Miele and Mr. Denis Brunelle.

The students who participated from HW are: Owen Sullivan, Harper Donahue, Gia Novello, Norah Esner and Linnea Thibault

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Save the Dates

  • April 17-21: No School, Vacation Week
  • April 21: Administrative Assistant Day! Thank you, Mrs. Cannon!!
  • April 27: Grade 1 in-house enrichment: MWRA
  • April 28: Grade 4 in-house enrichment: MWRA
  • May 2-4: PTO Book Fair
  • May 4: Kindergarten in-house enrichment: Animal Adventures
  • May 5: Trimester 3 Progress Reports go home
  • May 9: MCAS Math gr 5
  • May 10: MCAS Math gr 5
  • May 11: MCAS Math gr 4
  • May 12: MCAS Math gr 4
  • May 16: MCAS Math gr 3
  • May 17: MCAS Math gr 3
  • May 18: MCAS Sci/Tech gr 5
  • May 19: MCAS Sci/Tech gr 5
  • May 25: Grade 5 in-house enrichment: MWRA
  • May 26: Memorial Day Program, 9am. Grades K-2 performing